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San Benedetto del Tronto

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5 stops to discover San Benedetto del Tronto, pearl of the Marche region

A tourist city between Marche and Abruzzo. An exemplary mix of monumental beauty, nature and entertainment. A spectacular view of the Adriatic Sea. This is San Benedetto del Tronto.

The city has a hexagonal floor plan, reminiscent of a ship's hull, and is ideally embraced by the sea, which acts as a fil rouge for many of its outlooks. Everywhere you go in San Benedetto del Tronto you will see the ocean.

 

What to see in San Benedetto del Tronto in a weekend

We are in the heart of the Riviera delle Palme, on a stretch of the Marche coast where this plant is common. San Benedetto del Tronto is strategically located and walking along its seafront promenade is one of the attractions not to be missed.

The long beach has been awarded the Blue Flag several times and the fishing port is considered among the most important in the Adriatic. With only a few days to spare, it is still possible to discover its heart and fall in love with it. Here's what not to miss.

 

Equipped and free beaches

The shoreline is wide and sandy, framed by palm trees and various shrubs. There are many equipped beach clubs providing all services, but there are also free beaches and the famous 'chalets', restaurants offering local cuisine. The fine sand, shallow water and clean sea with plenty of areas for children make the area perfect for families.

 

Cycling, art and waterfront shopping

The pedestrian precinct is very well kept, enriched with shops and clubs, as well as open-air sculptures and works by contemporary artists. Its overall length is 6 kilometres and it was built in the early 1930s. Perfect for evening entertainment, especially in fine weather, it is much sought after for sports. In addition to walking or running, a cycle path of about 15 kilometres runs parallel to the beach and reaches the area of the Port of Ascoli.

 

The Borgo Alto is a gem indeed

The small hamlet of Paese Alto, not far from the sea, is famous for the Torre dei Gualtieri from 1145. The Torrione has a flattened hexagonal plan and two large bells at the top complete it.

 

The Church of St Benedict Martyr

The church of St Benedict Martyr stands opposite the tower and is rather ancient. Dedicated to the city's patron saint, it was built over the saint's tomb and renovated in the 18th century in neoclassical style. On the altar you can see his relics and his tombstone.

 

Cathedral of Santa Maria della Marina

The cathedral is dedicated to Santa Maria della Marinapatron saint of sailors and fishermen. It was built in the 17th century in another location, but after the flood of 1898 it was demolished and rebuilt here. Thefaçade is square and sober; inside, the mosaic floor and the 400-square-metre fresco by Franciscan artist Father Ugolino da Belluno, which depicts (in addition to saints) the city's maritime traditions, arestriking.

 

The 5 curiosities that might sound new to you

San Benedetto del Tronto is home to the world's largest palm tree, the Arboreal Mastodon, and there are no less than 8,000 species of palm trees along the seafront, a symbol and heritage of the city.

The coastline of San Benedetto del Tronto is part of a 1931 project by Modenese engineer Luigi Onorati, who turned the ancient seaside village into a modern tourist area.

Very special is the feast of the Madonna della Marina, with a procession and sea procession, during which flowers are thrown from many fishing boats.

In San Benedetto del Tronto, Carnival has been celebrated since 1828 with a parade of floats and masked groups.

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San Benedetto del Tronto
63074 San Benedetto del Tronto, Province of Ascoli Piceno, Italy

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